Demosisto feels heat over not made in China masks

Local | Michael Shum 26 May 2020

Demosisto's vice-chairman Isaac Cheng Ka-long was released on police bail after being arrested for supplying surgical masks suspected of violating the Trade Descriptions Ordinance.

This came after his party sold masks prominently labeled "not made in China" since last month when they announced they had sourced more than a million of them.

Cheng, 20, was arrested yesterday as the director of an online trader which was accused of failing to provide proof of specifications and country of origin of the masks as labeled, including the declaration they were "not made in China."

A customs and excise department spokesman said the arrest was prompted by complaints, and arrests were made for suspected violations of the ordinance.

Demosisto released a statement after Tobias Leung Yin-fung, 24 - its standing committee member and a representative of the trader - was arrested during a raid on the party's premises in San Po Kong on Friday, with officers seizing 935 boxes containing a total of 32,725 masks with an estimated market value of about HK$93,500. Leung is out on bail.

In the statement, it called the operation "political censorship."

It was also said to have told party officials it could not be ascertained whether the masks were manufactured in Hong Kong, Macau, the mainland or Taiwan, but confirmed anti-bacterial hygiene standards were met.

It also responded to the party's claims of political suppression by saying that "customs strongly condemns any false accusations maliciously alleging that its law enforcement action against the trader is 'political repression.'"

It stressed the raid was part of its "Guardian" operation to ensure common protective items comply with regulations.

Under the ordinance, any person who supplies goods with a false trade description in the course of trade or business, or is in possession of any goods for sale with a false trade description, commits an offense.

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